Monday 6 April, 2020

VM empowers youth ambassadors with financial management training

Clover Moore (centre) VM Assistant Vice President, Group Corporate Affairs and Communications shares a light moment with two VM youth ambassadors.

Clover Moore (centre) VM Assistant Vice President, Group Corporate Affairs and Communications shares a light moment with two VM youth ambassadors.

Victoria Mutual (VM) recently hosted a two-day Financial Education boot camp at its corporate offices in Half-Way Tree for participants in its VM F.E.T.E Youth Ambassadors Programme.

The ambassadors are students of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and the University of Technology (UTech).

They were taken through an intense course which focused on providing participants with the knowledge, tools and advice to make sound financial decisions.

The training the university students to understand the basic principles of personal financial planning and introduced them to the VM approach to attaining and maintaining wealth.

Courtney Campbell, VM Group President and CEO, addressing the youth ambassadors at the recently held workshop.

“We want you to avoid making unwise financial decisions and instead choose wisely,” said Courtney Campbell, VM Group President and CEO, who took the time to share with participants key principles for staying focused and achieving their goals.

Also sharing in the two-day session was VM’s Assistant Vice President, Group Corporate Affairs and Communications, Clover Moore, who expressed the organisation’s commitment to improving the lives of Jamaicans by delivering impactful programmes such as the financial education empowerment session.

Newly minted VM FETE (Victoria Mutual Financial education to Empower), Youth Ambassadors. (L-R) Jovaine Brown, Tanajh Howard, Monique Powell, Lackiesha Locke, Shenel Graham, ShanaKay Patrick, Harta – Lee Guthrie and Renaldo Ramsay

ShanaKay Patrick, VM Youth Ambassador from the University of West Indies, in sharing the impact that the programme had on her, noted that since learning about the principles of saving and budgeting she has approached her finances differently.

“I always had a budget but did not understand why I couldn’t save or meet my monthly expenses. But now I am understanding how important it is to also track my spending and therefore be able to see how I am managing my funds,” she said.

Allison Morgan, Branch Manager, VMBS Half Way Tree, goes through the key principles of saving as a student.

Dubbed VM F.E.T.E. – Victoria Mutual Financial Education to Empower, the programme is in keeping with the organisation’s mandate to educate its Members and Clients so that they may achieve financial wellbeing.

The VM FETE Youth Ambassadors have been tasked with arranging opportunities for the VM Team to lead financial education sessions on their respective campuses.

VM F.E.T.E was launched late 2019.

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